Key Health Law Official Leaving Post For UnitedHealth VP Job
Steve Larsen, director of the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, is leaving his post to join UnitedHealth as an executive vice president, sparking speculation on the move.
Politico: HHS Insurance Official Exits Over Personal Issue
From the outside, the timing of the announcement that Department of Health and Human Services' top insurance regulator is leaving for a job with UnitedHealthcare couldn't have looked any worse. But health care experts from both parties who know the department's inner workings are convinced that concerns about education, not health care, prompted the departure of Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Director Steve Larsen (Feder, 6/17).
Bloomberg: U.S. Health Insurance Regulator to Leave Oversight Job
Steve Larsen, the government administrator directing enactment of U.S. insurance regulations created by the 2010 health care overhaul, said he is leaving to take a job with UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) Larsen will resign as head of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in July to become an executive vice president at UnitedHealth’s Optum unit, he said in an e-mail. Larsen worked for Amerigroup Corp. (AGP), a Virginia Beach, Virginia-based insurer specializing in Medicaid plans, before joining the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 and had served as Maryland’s insurance commissioner (Wayne, 6/15).